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Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad

225 10th St, Boone, IA 50036
515-432-4249
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Ranked #2 of 5 Attractions in Boone
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads
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Groveland, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Took this train ride many times great scenic route. Friendly crew.. The dinner train is wonderful.. the train ride takes you over the valley and the river......

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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47 reviews 47 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

This nostalgic train ride reminds everyone of what travel was like at the turn of the century. The rails run along the river and through wooded areas from Boone to different small towns depending upon the day and purpose. The day we rode the snack car was not open but the ride was a short one and we chose to... More

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West Des Moines, IA
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176 reviews 176 reviews
65 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

My two year old is hooked on Thomas so when grampa saw a commercial for this event he took care of it. Us 3 boys went up to Boone and had a good afternoon. The main attraction was a train ride on a train where the engine was made up just like Thomas. The ride itself was slow and only... More

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Omaha, Nebraska, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

For the past 3 years, we have been coming to Boone IA with our grandson(s), to spend "A Day Out With Thomas". Every year, they look forward to this, and all of the fun things to do. They have the wooden trains, and the battery operated trains for the kids to play with, a magician that the comes out every... More

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Whitten, Iowa, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Our 8 year old grandson saw the ad on TV, took him on the Sunday of Labor day weekend. The museum was very nice, he was quite impressed with things. Staff was very friendly. The train ride itself was nice, we were in the open air car, enjoyed that. The gentleman was informative about different things. But it was definitely... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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73 reviews 73 reviews
12 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

We always enjoy these old train rides, but this one could have been better. We originally bought tickets for first class. It's a reconditioned passenger car from the Chicago Metra system. It wasn't uncomfortable and was air conditioned. However, there were several kid in there from infants to young kids around 5 or 6. The noise was really irritating, and... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

For one the tickets in my opinion were high. We choose the 24 doller each ticket and sat on the open car. While being outside was nice it started to show some problems. We all could stand up while it was moving, but we all noticed black stuff all over our butt and back. Found out later it was soot... More

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Boynton Beach, FL
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57 reviews 57 reviews
6 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

On our way to Mt. Rushmore my husband and I were intrigue by the idea of having dinner on a train. It is a romantic concept from the Golden Age of Rail Travel and we were anxious to experience it. It was an enjoyable and relaxing train ride with two and one-half hour scenic ride through the Des Moines River... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We took the train ride. It was a pleasant ride, but not too scenic. Mostly you were in trees. However, going over the river and by the YMCA Camp was fun. The kids at camp were there to wave at you. Going over the trestle was fun too.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This is fun to do w/ kids and adults as well. It is a relaxing ride. The museum is very nice. The museum is more for adults than for the kids, but I loved it. The staff was very friendly. This is a very nice attraction for Boone. We had a groupon which made the price very affordable. It was... More

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